MoTAS Weekly 07/06/2022: Football Squares on Sale

In This Issue:


From the Editor: The goal of the Weekly is to get MoTAS members the information they need on upcoming activities, and then get out of the way. If you have any information on MoTAS activities you need to get out to the membership, please contact the Weekly Editor at During the June and July, the Weekly will be on a sporadic publishing frequency, with things heading up again as we start to promote activities around Rosh Hashanah.


Please join MoTAS in our very popular fun-raiser, now in its 11th year.  It is a very important program, which raises funds for temple projects that are not able to be done because of budget limitations.  Much of the money is used primarily for education projects.

You don’t need to know anything about football, or even like football.  It’s all about helping TAS. For one entry, you participate in the entire season!

The rules are the same as last year. The entry fee remains $50 per square. If you wish to pay by check, please mail it directly to:

Men of TAS
c/o Temple Ahavat Shalom
18200 Rinaldi Place
Northridge CA 91326
(Mark “Football Squares” on the envelope.)

Please also send an email to Bob with your name(s) and # of squares you wish, so he can place you on the grid board (limit 2 per individual or 4 for couple).

For more information and to sign up, go to or email Bob Levine,


Save the date! The MRJ fall webinar series will kickoff on September 22nd, 5PM Pacific with a discussion about Reproductive Rights, and more. The speaker will be Sheila Katz, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). As the CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Sheila Katz leads an organization of more than 200,000 advocates who make change happen at the local, state and national levels. Since becoming CEO, Sheila has led the organization to more than double the number of NCJW advocates working to ensure that the rights of women, children and families are protected, translated into public policy and upheld in our courts. Through meaningful education, strategic advocacy and supporting the 56 local NCJW sections in direct service, Sheila works to empower Jewish women and allies to engage in work that impacts those at the margins of society while centering the most impacted through partnerships and coalitions.

Under Sheila’s leadership, NCJW has responded to threats to abortion access, voting rights, childcare access, equal pay, and other issues of equity through protest, advocacy and new campaigns making it clear where Jewish women and allies stand on the most important issues of the day. Sheila spearheaded the creation of 73Forward, a Jewish movement for abortion justice, and the launch of “Rabbis for Repro,” a network of more than 1,700 Jewish clergy teaching and preaching about reproductive justice and Judaism.

Before coming to NCJW, Sheila led student engagement and leadership at Hillel International, the largest Jewish on-campus community in the world. In her 12 years at Hillel, she founded programs to expand student participation in Jewish and civic life including “Ask Big Questions,” an award-winning national initiative to guide diverse students in meaningful conversations, and MitzVote, Hillel’s successful non-partisan civic engagement campaign.

Sheila holds an M.S. in teaching from Pace University and B.A. in politics from Ithaca College. She is a proud alumna of the Wexner Foundation Field Fellowship and Teach for America. Sheila was named as one of the top 10 faith influencers in 2021 by Religion News Service, as one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world in 2020 by the Jerusalem Post and one of 2020’s faith leaders to watch by the Center for American Progress. She has also been featured in the New York Times, Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, Haaretz and more. She sits on the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University.

Watch this space for the registration link when it becomes available.


If you have a Simcha you want to share, click here for the link to submit your Simcha. Submissions will be due no later than the last day of the month prior to the month of publication. We are now taking July submissions to be listed in August 2022. For more details or questions contact Bob Levine. If you are interested in making a donation to TAS in honor of your Simcha, click here. A donation is not required to submit your Simcha.


As always, remember that the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom is *your* organization. Keep up to date on our activities at and participate. Sign up for our action alert list at We want to serve all the men of Temple Ahavat Shalom and welcome new participants from the TAS membership. Join our Facebook group and “follow” our website. Join the MoTAS Google Group at (you may need to be logged into your Google account, if you have one). Come be part of the Men of Temple Ahavat Shalom!

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